From Bob Brown, 1:388/33 (01 Mar 93 22:33) Waco, Texas - Heavily Armed Cult (sic) Watched
From Bob Brown, 1:388/33 (01 Mar 93 22:33)
Waco, Texas - Heavily Armed Cult (sic) Watched By Police
It is on the opposite side of town from us, but I am familiar with the
community of Elk, the Mt.Carmel compound is near. There was a minor
skirmish out there in '87 when Howell took the compound by storm and
tried to overthrow the then ruling Roden. Howell and his followers
later gained control and possesion of the property when they proved
Roden was exhuming coffins and trying to raise the occupants from
the dead (never a dull moment eh?)..
At present the death toll is 4 ATF agents dead and 14 wounded, with
unknown casualties in the compound. One ATF chopper was shot down. It
is though another assault will be forthcoming but media info has been
understandibly restricted as the compound has satallite capability and
the Feds are trying to keep the media from inadvertedly feeding
tactical info to the people in the compound.
This Howell dude is a bit twisted, he actually thinks he is the second
Christ, that ALL women are his property to do with as he pleases
(regardless of age) and that HE has the only "good" seed on earth..
Will keep you posted on any more firefights.
Well, not much to report tonight. Still a stand-off but the Fed's are
massing a LARGE number of troops and also several Bradley armored
personel carriers, which have 25mm chain guns. Most, if not all of
the children have been released and about 45 min ago the media were
moved back about two miles, which would seem to indicate some sort of
action is iminent..My grandmother is a volunteer at one of the local
hospitals and talked with the wife of the ATF agent we all got to see
on the roof (he was shot 6 times but is in stable condition). It seems
the local media might have played a part in tipping the ATF's hand by
showing up 15 min. before the raid, but at present that is just a rumor.
Well, day three near an end with no resolve in the Cult standoff
situation. The TSTC college campus has been closed off and a command
post has been established there. Earlier today David Koresh (aka Vernon
Howell) agreed to surrender after a Local radio station broadcast a
55 min. tape. The tape was pretty much a sermon explaining the meaning
of the Seven Seals from what I made of it..Afterward there was no
movement at the compound and at present it is still unknown if all of
the children are out. There were originally thought to be only 8 but
so far 18 have been released. The latest figures place the number
of dead inside at 10, with Koresh being one of the most severly wounded.
One of our net388 Sysops is also thought to be inside the compound. I
had wondered if he was a member when all this went down as his origin
line is WHO ONLY CAN OPEN THE SEVEN SEALS..His BBS number has been
disconnected (it was also in the compound).
The media is about to go nuts because there has been no info passed to
them as far as what is going on. Tonight is the first time there has
been traffic LEAVING the compound, but it is not known if it is actually
cult members being escorted out or just a shift change for the hundreds
of officers that are now amassed around and in the compound. The two
convoys that left at 8 and 9pm were mostly trucks and buses with the
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